Arkansas Says Uygur Doesn’t Qualify To Appear On Ballot

On Monday, Arkansas election officials clarified that Cenk Uygur, who is running in the Democratic presidential primaries, cannot appear on the state’s ballot in 2024. According to these officials, Uygur is not a natural-born citizen and, as a result, he does not qualify to legally be put on the presidential ballot during the Democratic state On Monday, Arkansas election officials clarified that Cenk Uygur, who is running in the Democratic presidential primaries, cannot appear on the state’s ballot in 2024. According to these officials, Uygur is not a natural-born citizen and, as a result, he does not qualify to legally be put on the presidential ballot during the Democratic state primaries.

Arkansas Secretary of State John Thurston (R) sent a letter to Uygur about this decision, which revealed why he chose to not certify Uygur’s attempt to appear on the state’s primary ballot.

Thurston said, “My office has received your candidate filing paperwork. However, based on your own proclamation, you are not qualified to hold the elected office for which you filed. Therefore, I cannot, in good faith, certify your name to the ballot.”

This latest news comes after Uygur, an online news personality and the co-creator of “The Young Turks,” stated that he would be the first naturalized citizen in history to appear on a presidential ballot in the United States.

However, Nevada, New Hampshire, and several other states have also rejected Uygur’s candidate filing paperwork — all on the grounds that he is not a natural-born citizen.

According to the Constitution’s few requirements, a presidential candidate must at least be 35 years old and a natural-born citizen. Uygur’s Turkish parents immigrated to the U.S. when Uygur was only eight years old. Even though Uygur is a naturalized citizen, he was born in Turkey, which ultimately disqualifies him from being a presidential candidate.

Uygur responded to this disqualification in a statement, saying, “This is the last form of acceptable bigotry in American society and I’m going to fight it with every fiber of my being. I’m not going to accept that I don’t belong in my own country.”

According to Uygur, the 14th Amendment gives him the right to run as a candidate to become the president of the United States.

The Democratic Party in Arkansas has also responded to this disqualification. Reed Brewer, a spokesman for the party in Arkansas, said that the Democratic party doesn’t have any authority to determine whether Uygur is eligible to be a candidate. Brewer based this on past court rulings.

Because of these state rulings, the party cannot reject a filing, even if the candidate does not meet the requirements to be president.

In October, Uygur announced his intent to run for president as a Democrat in the primaries. Uygur decided to challenge President Joe Biden in the Democratic primaries because he believes that Biden won’t win the general election.

Uygur’s earlier announcement to run for president comes as some parts of the Democratic party remain unenthused to vote for Biden for reelection. Many national polls have also suggested that Democratic voters believe Biden is too old, and they’d prefer someone younger to be the Democratic nominee.

However, other Democrats state that Biden is one of the only candidates to beat former President Donald Trump in the general election, even though national polls indicate American voters are unmotivated when faced with another Biden-Trump battle.

When discussing his intent to run, Uygur said, “There’s only four months left. We must change course. He has at best a 10% chance of winning. I’m running as a proxy. I am running to win.”

Arkansas Secretary of State John Thurston (R) sent a letter to Uygur about this decision, which revealed why he chose to not certify Uygur’s attempt to appear on the state’s primary ballot.

Thurston said, “My office has received your candidate filing paperwork. However, based on your own proclamation, you are not qualified to hold the elected office for which you filed. Therefore, I cannot, in good faith, certify your name to the ballot.”

This latest news comes after Uygur, an online news personality and the co-creator of “The Young Turks,” stated that he would be the first naturalized citizen in history to appear on a presidential ballot in the United States.

However, Nevada, New Hampshire, and several other states have also rejected Uygur’s candidate filing paperwork — all on the grounds that he is not a natural-born citizen.

According to the Constitution’s few requirements, a presidential candidate must at least be 35 years old and a natural-born citizen. Uygur’s Turkish parents immigrated to the U.S. when Uygur was only eight years old. Even though Uygur is a naturalized citizen, he was born in Turkey, which ultimately disqualifies him from being a presidential candidate.

Uygur responded to this disqualification in a statement, saying, “This is the last form of acceptable bigotry in American society and I’m going to fight it with every fiber of my being. I’m not going to accept that I don’t belong in my own country.”

According to Uygur, the 14th Amendment gives him the right to run as a candidate to become the president of the United States.

The Democratic Party in Arkansas has also responded to this disqualification. Reed Brewer, a spokesman for the party in Arkansas, said that the Democratic party doesn’t have any authority to determine whether Uygur is eligible to be a candidate. Brewer based this on past court rulings.

Because of these state rulings, the party cannot reject a filing, even if the candidate does not meet the requirements to be president.

In October, Uygur announced his intent to run for president as a Democrat in the primaries. Uygur decided to challenge President Joe Biden in the Democratic primaries because he believes that Biden won’t win the general election.

Uygur’s earlier announcement to run for president comes as some parts of the Democratic party remain unenthused to vote for Biden for reelection. Many national polls have also suggested that Democratic voters believe Biden is too old, and they’d prefer someone younger to be the Democratic nominee.

However, other Democrats state that Biden is one of the only candidates to beat former President Donald Trump in the general election, even though national polls indicate American voters are unmotivated when faced with another Biden-Trump battle.

When discussing his intent to run, Uygur said, “There’s only four months left. We must change course. He has at best a 10% chance of winning. I’m running as a proxy. I am running to win.”